Before you donate, check your charity

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- Before you donate this holiday season, the Secretary of State’s Office wants you to check out the financial practices of the charities of choice.

“Mississippi is the most giving state in the Nation,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said. “Our goal is to help you make sure your donations reach those who need your generosity the most.  Please check your charity on the Secretary of State’s website  to obtain financial information concerning any registered charity in Mississippi.”

The Council of Better Business Bureaus recommends at least 65% of a charitable organization’s total expenses be spent on program activities directly related to the organization’s purpose.

Charities soliciting funds in Mississippi must be registered with the Secretary of State’s Office.

Official said the Agency publishes a Report on Charitable Organizations in Mississippi each year. The report outlines the financial information of charities registered in the State, including the percentage of charitable funds actually spent by a charity for its charitable purpose.


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